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Peter L. Haffner

Assistant Professor of Art History

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BA in Art History, Bard College
PhD in Culture & Performance, UCLA


Dr. Peter L. Haffner is an Assistant Professor of Art History and he teaches the arts of Africa and the Black Atlantic. Before joining Centre’s faculty in 2019 he was a Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of African Art. His interdisciplinary arts-based research centers on the work of Haitian artists and the complex global cultural dynamics in which it is produced, exhibited and circulated. He earned his Ph.D. in Culture and Performance in 2017 from UCLA’s Department of World Arts & Cultures/Dance. He also holds a BA in Art History from Bard College and has a professional background in arts administration. 


  • Survey of Western Art I
  • Afro-Atlantic Visual Arts
  • The Arts of Modernism: 1889-1944
  • Art Since 1945
  • Global Surrealisms
  • Black Art Now 


  • Living at the Crossroads of Many Worlds: Marilyn Houlberg and Arts Patronage in Haiti 
  • Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism, Duke University Press. July 2022. 

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